Recipe: Pork and apple burgers with plum relish and cucumber dill salad

I love making burgers, there’s something so satisfying about mixing all those ingredients together into a bundle of flavours – especially when you get to use your hands. This recipe is inspired by one I saw in the paper and adapted and expanded.

The burgers are wonderfully moist with a light fruity flavour. The plum relish is oh-so-simple to make and is wonderfully zesty. And you’ll be left with a decent jar of it in your fridge to spice up cheese and cold meat.

For some reason while I was pondering dinner (something I do every day), the flavours of cucumber and dill popped into my head. Served on a bed of leaves with a simple French dressing this is a fabulous salad that goes perfectly with the rest of the plate. You’ve simply got to give it a try.

Beautiful colours and flavours for a lovely plate of dinner

Makes four burgers

For the burgers

450g minced pork

1 large apple, peeled and grated

A handful of dried breadcrumbs

1 tsp dried thyme

1 tsp Dijon mustard powder

Salt and pepper

For the relish

1 tbsp sunflower oil

1 medium onion, finely chopped

2 tbsps fresh ginger, peeled and grated

4 plums, destoned and diced

4 tsps brown sugar

50ml cold water

1 tsp white wine vinegar

Zest of one orange

For the salad

1 bag of salad leaves

Half a cucumber

2 tbps chopped, fresh dill

French dressing to serve

Place the pork, apples, breadcrumbs, thyme, mustard and salt and pepper in a bowl and mix thoroughly with your hands.

Shape into four burgers and put in fridge to firm up.

Then make the relish. Heat the sunflower oil in a pan. Add the onion and ginger and cook gently for about 10 mins.

Add the plums, sugar and water and cook until the plums have completely softened – around 15 mins.

Add the vinegar and orange zest and cook on low for another five minutes.

Fry the burgers for approximately 6 mins on each side.

Slice the cucumber and lie the slices on top of the leaves. Scatter the chopped dill and pour over French dressing.

Zingy, gingery relish for your pantry
Zingy, gingery relish for your pantry
A green and tasty salad

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